The New York Idea: An Experiment in Democracy.

First Edition of The New York Idea: An Experiment in Democracy; inscribed by Mario Cuomo to William Safire

The New York Idea: An Experiment in Democracy.

CUOMO, Mario [William Safire].


Item Number: 103423

New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1994.

First edition of the 52nd Governor of New York’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “To Bill Safire, One of our proud hoasts [sic] (but isn’t there something wrong with that grammatically? Mario 1994.” The recipient, William Safire, was an important American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign for the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. After Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a speechwriter for him and Spiro Agnew. He authored several political columns in addition to his weekly column “On Language” in The New York Times Magazine from 1979 until the month of his death and authored two books on grammar and linguistics: The New Language of Politics (1968) and what Zimmer called Safire’s “magnum opus,” Safire’s Political Dictionary. Safire later served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1995 to 2004 and in 2006 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter A. Davis. Author photograph by Don Pollard.

Repudiating the era of "fend-for-yourself Federalism", New York State's 52nd Governor Mario Cuomo looks back over a decade in office and ahead of his state's role in the twenty-first century.

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